LeBron may play for Team USA in Tokyo 2020 Games
THREE-TIME NBA finals MVP LeBron James says
he is keeping his options open for a return to
Team USA for the
2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"I did not retire from Team USA," he told sports broadcaster ESPN.
"I just did not play this summer. So I still left
the door open."
A 12-time all-star, he chose to skip the Rio Games because he said he needed to rest after a long season.
"Every time I watch 'em, I wish I was out there,"
The 31-year-old won
two gold medals with Team USA in London and Beijing.
He was also on the
2004 team who lost
three games in Athens, settling for a bronze.
James guided his team
to the NBA finals in each
of the past six seasons.
He returned to Cleveland from Miami Heat ahead
of the 2014-15 season
and led the Cavaliers
to the NBA finals in
both seasons since then.
Cleveland lost to
Golden State in last year's finals before beating the Warriors in the rematch for the first championship in franchise history.
Last week, he signed a three-year, US$100 million (S$134 million) contract that makes him the NBA's highest-paid player.
He has said he would
like to own his own
team some day.
"I would love to be a part of a franchise - if not
at the top," he said on
"My dream is to actually own a team... If I'm fortunate enough to own
a team, then I'm going
to hire the best general manager and president
that I can," he added.
"But I feel like I got a good eye for not only talent, because we all see
a lot of talent, but the things that make the talent."
He averaged 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 76 games last season.
In the postseason,
his averages improved
to 26.3, 9.5 and 7.6.